Congratulations to five ARFC products who have been selected to represent Canada at the Dubai sevens kicking off Dec 1 in the United Arab Emirates. Bateman grad and circuit veteran Justin Douglas will suit up for the Canadian men’s squad. The speedy finisher is coming off a fantastic season last year after earning 3rd in the world for tries on the sevens circuit with 40 in 10 tourneys behind USA’s Perry Baker (57) and England’s Dan Norton (51).
Abby Sr. product Tausani Levale earns the honour of becoming the first ARFC female selected to the Canadian senior women’s sevens team. The young playmaker incredibly just turned 18 in October and has evidently made an impression with coach Tait and selectors as she earns a spot on the 12 player roster. The women start Nov 30 in Dubai vs. Spain.
Suiting up for the Canada Maple Leafs are Bateman grads and RC centralized players Jared Douglas and Jake Thiel. Clayton Meeres, a Sardis grad and former ARFC player, has also been selected for the team. These hopefuls will be looking to make an impression with selectors and eventually earn a spot on the national team roster. The Maple Leafs also kick off Dec 1 in Dubai.
Good luck to our ARFC players and all the Canadian teams in Dubai!
Div. 1 Women
The Abbotsford Women hosted UBCO this past Saturday at Exhibition Park. The game was delayed by two hours due to road closures and a broken down bus, but UBCO finally made it after a long journey. Abby dominated from the beginning with great forward ball possession which the backs capitalized on with a couple of early tries from winger Erin Skillings. The dangerous center combination of Natalie Teteris and Shalaya Valenzuela broke through the line many times and were rewarded with a try for Teteris and three tries for Valenzuela. Flyhalf Steph Wiebe made some good tactical kicks and the entire team defended very well.
Women’s Div.1 first half season recap
The Abbotsford Rugby Club's Women's team is off to a great start this season. They have an undefeated season going so far this year with a 7-0 record. They started off the season with a hard-fought victory against Meralomas Club. The game went back and forth and on the last play of the game center Natalie Teteris crashed through the back line and scored under the posts to win the game.
Donations will go to the Movember Canada Foundation under Abbotsford Rugby Football Club. The link to donate: https://moteam.co/
Ladies are welcome and encouraged to come down to the clubhouse and judge the lip foliage!
UPDATE: LAST DAY TO PURCHASE ARFC Winter Gear extended. Store closes Friday, November 17th
The 2017 ARFC winter clothing is now online. Four selections from Lionheart are available now for order. We will be offering a different selection in the spring of 2018. For directions on how to order, follow the link to the ARFC Gear page for further instructions. http://www.abbotsfordrugby.com/index.php/club-info/arfc-gear
**The Lionheart rep will be doing a fitting at Delair Park at 6 pm and at the ARFC clubhouse on Thursday, November 9th at 815 pm**
A little late, but a huge congratulations to the following Abbotsford players who were named to the men’s and women’s Canada 7’s centralized rosters for 2017-2018! Looking forward to seeing you represent ARFC on the world stage. Check out the articles below for more information. To get tickets in the ARFC section at Canada Sevens please contact Graeme Watt for more information (604-866-4042).
- Nakisa Levale – Abbotsford Griffins (Abbotsford, BC)
- Tausani Levale – Abbotsford RFC (Abbotsford, BC)
- Jared Douglas – Abbotsford RFC (Abbotsford, BC)
- Justin Douglas – Abbotsford RFC (Abbotsford, BC)
- Jake Thiel – Abbotsford RFC (Abbottsford, BC)
ARFC September 23 Report
Div 1 Women:
The Abbotsford women played SFU in the opening match of a full ARFC club day this Saturday at Exhibition Park. Abbotsford's roster saw a wealth of young faces and a full bench of substitutes, which proved valuable for the physical match up. The back-and-forth first half had Abbotsford riddled with penalties, sending them backwards, and allowing SFU over the line 4 times.
Abbotsford's forwards rallied against a tough Simon Fraser pack and turned things around in the second half. The fiery Abbotsford backline sliced through SFU, scoring try after try to seal the game in the last 30 minutes. Outside centre Natalie Teteris delivered a powerful 5 tries in her 80 minutes, while Captain Chelsea Fowler touched down 4 and rookie Vivianna Johnson lit up the right wing with a hat trick in her 40 minutes. The final score favoured Abbotsford 78-29. Next weekend the ladies travel to Nanaimo to face the Hornets.
Chelsea Fowler - 4
Natalie Teteris - 5
Vivianna Johnson - 3
Chelsea Fowler - 9
ARFC CLUB DAY
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
WOMEN XV vs. SFU 11:30
MEN 2XV vs. Burnaby 1:00
MEN 1XV vs. Surrey 2:30
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